Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Hoboken? Isn't that the same as Manhattan?

One of my favorite nothing shows (i.e., shows I can watch when absolutely nothing else good is on TV) is "Small Space, Big Style" on HGTV. Tonight I was watching a repeat, and they were profiling a guy who lives in Adams Morgan, a neighborhood in D.C. Only they kept showing restaurants that were clearly in Shirlington. Which is not a neighborhood in D.C. It's in Arlington, Virginia. I recognized the problem immediately because I used to spend much time in Shirlington (there's an excellent artsy fartsy* movie theater there). Whereas I spend minimal time in Adams Morgan because they don't appreciate the fact that some of us have cars and like to park them while we go inside a restaurant. But anyway, the Shirlington shots actually pissed me off because it's not as if Adams Morgan is hurting for restaurant or bar exteriors that would make cool images for a show like this. It made me wonder how many other exterior shots this show--and others like it--completely flub.

* Speaking of artsy-fartsy movies, go see Syriana. I mean it. Go now.


Blogger Gina said...

Television shows are notorious for not using the locations they claim to be portraying.

Imagine my shock when I found out that on "Arrested Development" the scenes that were supposed to be in the OC were actually that of Marina Del Rey.


11:29 PM, January 03, 2006  
Blogger Yankee T said...

APL, you make me laugh!

12:18 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger ccw said...

I know shows do this, but I honestly assumed that HGTV could manage to use shots from the location they are supposed to be fixing. Now, I will watch every show with a skeptical eye.

9:04 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger RussianViolets said...

What CCW said.

9:44 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Hubs was raised in NYC and anytime there is an exterior shot he tells me "That is NOT where that place is".

In several movies filmed in NC, they make you think that downtown Raleigh is only a stone's throw from the coast (that it only takes 30-40 mins. to get there). It is called artistic license, I guess.

10:01 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Seeking Solace said...

My favorite is Groundhog Day. Everyone thinks that it was filmed in Punxsutawney, PA. I grew up about an hour away from Punxsutawney and it is NOTHING like what was shown in the film. In fact, only the opening credits were filmed there!

10:23 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said...

That's one of my pet peeves about movies set in DC. Why is it not possible to go from any two points in the district (according to hollywood) without passing by the washington monument or the capitol building?

3:15 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Mieke said...

I am glad you liked Syriana. How brutal was the pool scene?

Reality shows have an obligation to be accurate I think. Fiction -well it's just that fiction and they can play with locations and space anyway they need to tell a compelling story and make it more dramatic or artistic.

5:15 PM, January 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fiction shows often take a few stretches with D.C. geography, but you're right, that's not quite as bad. It's still a little amusing to see fictional office workers from anywhere in the city taking their lunch breaks on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, as they did in some show I can't remember. (A crossover Law & Order, maybe?) At least they didn't go to the Jefferson, which would be impossible without a kayak.

Carolina geography stumps the rest of the country for some reason. When Charlotte landed pro teams, journalists showed a complete inability to distinguish North Carolina from South Carolina. (OK, sure, the Panthers played a couple of years at Clemson, and the Charlotte ' burbs stretch beyond the state line, but still.) I think most people would be stunned to hear that the state has mountains and beaches, but that they're eight hours apart.

I went to a wedding on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where a bunch of people from parts northward thought they were in the Deep South, as if they could commute to Mobile or something. One thing that came up: "Georgia? Is that like Florida? They're next to each other, right?"


5:57 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger mc said...

I think "reality" shows are among the worst offenders of the truth-in-TV premise... a colleague of mine knows someone who works on that Amy Grant show, Three Wishes. Apparently, it has a standard scene in which the townfolk line up to drop off their wishes for consideration for the show... not knowing, of course, that the wishes were pre-selected way in advance.

8:31 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Oh, mc, that just strikes me as laughingly pathetic and sad for the townspeople. hahahaha.

Welcome to the blog, HIN. Love your handle.

10:29 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Lawmummy said...

I agree with gina, there's a lot of "artistic license" with geography on TV and in the movies.

The show "Cold Case" is set in Philly and I love how they walk all over the City in like two minutes. I mean, Philly isn't as huge as, say, New York, but I can attest that it takes me more than five minutes to drive from Roxborough to Center City. Hell, it takes more than five minutes just to drive THROUGH Center City.

And don't even get me started on "Rocky"!

"Dawson's Creek" was filmed in my hometown - it's supposed to be somewhere up north, but it's really shot in Wilmington, NC, and surrounding areas. I wonder why no one ever thought to question the viability of palmettos growing in front of a court house up north...

7:59 AM, January 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Dawson's Creek was filmed in Wilmington and Southport, but I didn't know it was supposed to be up north. Strange.

When I was there, the big series being filmed was Matlock. Talk about changing demographics.

Where's One Tree Hill supposed to be set?


8:40 AM, January 05, 2006  
Blogger Scrivener said...

I actually already saw Syriana but I agree with you--anyone who hasn't needs to go see it. Right after they see Brokeback Mountain.

6:08 PM, January 06, 2006  

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